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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin

How do you type with hooves? Would this book today involve the cows texting? What are the logistics of not giving milk and then proceeding to start up production again? Who’s buying from the underground milk market? How do you strap a typewriter to a duck? We are just full of questions with today’s book. Kate comes up with the cruelest advice for Farmer Brown I’ve ever heard and I get to come up with fake sequel names to this story (which was way too much fun).

Listen to the whole show here on Soundcloud or download it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, PlayerFM, or your preferred method of podcast selection.

Show Notes:

  • Kate actually had to show me this screenshot from Tikki Tikki Tembo to prove to me that she wasn’t crazy when she started talking about frogs/lizards in buckets.
  • As it happens, I was not quite right when I said this book was “definitely older than 20 years old”. It is, in fact, 19-years-old. It could not buy a drink in a bar if it wanted to.
  • Just as a reminder, some of the information about this book came from this title (which I may have helped to write):
  • Here is where I found the information about the right-wing talk show hosts finding this book too pro-union and anti-creationist.
  • I like Kate’s theory that Farmer Brown got so mad that his hat flew off and he got hedgehog hair.
  • The most menacing cow rear in children’s literature. Note how it LOOMS.
  • This book came in at #39 on the Top 100 Picture Books Poll.
  • My other podcast that I mention? It’s the Story Seeds Podcast and I highly recommend that you listen to it with your older kids.
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About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.